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Volvo XC90 review - Reliability and safety

Volvo's excellent standard safety kit and improving Driver Power customer feedback should be reassuring for buyers

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability and Safety Rating

4.7 out of 5

Price
£62,330 to £83,465
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Volvo is a byword for safety and dependability, so the XC90’s full five-star Euro NCAP rating should come as no surprise. When it was tested in 2015, the XC90 earned a 97 per cent score for occupant protection, plus a 100 per cent score for its safety assist systems. This is partly thanks to two pieces of tech that made their debut in the XC90: a Run Off-Road system that senses if you veer off the tarmac – preparing the car for a crash – and special energy-absorbent seats that’ll reduce the impact of a big hit. 

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There’s also a clever autonomous braking system, which stops you turning in front of an oncoming car. This is part of Volvo’s enhanced City Safety package, which also helps protect against collisions with motorcycles, swerving bicycles or errant pedestrians.

Other safety features include a passenger compartment constructed from high-strength steel. Known as boron steel, it’s the strongest steel in use in the auto industry, and Volvo reckons the XC90 uses more of it (by percentage of body weight) than any other car on sale.

On top of this, the XC90 gets all of the usual safety kit, including seven airbags that provide protection to all three rows of seats and ESP, while blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert form part of the Intellisafe Surround system.

Over the past few years, Volvo has been steadily rising up through the rankings in our Driver Power owner satisfaction survey: the Swedish carmaker finished 13th (out of 29 brands) in 2019, 10th spot in 2020, a 9th-place finish in 2021 and achieved 8th position in 2022.

Warranty 

All Volvos come with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is about average for the class – although the BMW X5 has no mileage limitation on its three-year guarantee. Meanwhile, the plug-in hybrid version’s lithium-ion battery is covered for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first, and XC90 buyers also get three years of free roadside assistance that covers you Europe-wide.

Servicing 

Servicing costs for the Volvo XC90 can be fixed if you purchase one of the marque’s set plans. They can last between two and six years, varying in cost depending on annual mileage. You don’t have to buy these immediately, meaning there is no pressure to buy a package at the same time as buying your car.

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As our news reporter, Ellis is responsible for covering everything new and exciting in the motoring world, from quirky quadricycles to luxury MPVs. He was previously the content editor for DrivingElectric and won the Newspress Automotive Journalist Rising Star award in 2022.

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